Well it’s been about 4 months since I started my exchange study at USM (Universiti Sains Malaysia) in Penang. So far, I love this campus. No wonder it’s the number one university in Malaysia, making it harder to get into. I don’t know the tuition for this incredible campus. All I know is, it’s definitely not cheap 😀
Here are some of the reasons why I think you should pick USM:
1. It’s totally a great environment to study. I’m currently staying at Saujana, and the surroundings are quiet. It’s a safe environment too, since there are some security in each USM gate.
2. For sports junkies, USM is like a Disneyland. USM got a lot of sports facilities, such as Tennis courts, Basketball courts, Badminton courts, pool, football courts, hockey courts, volleyball courts, Squash courts, mini outdoor gym, and indoor gym.
Don’t get me started on other kinds of sport that you can do here. Some of them involves fencing, table tennis, dancing, and many more, although not all of them are open for non-member for the campus activities. If you’re an outsider, you can also book some of the courts for really affordable price. An hour in a tennis court only costs 1 RM, while booking the badminton court only cost you 0,5 RM/hour! No reason to not do any sports here 🙂
3. It’s a great environment to get healthy. Campus areas are really clean, and the air is fresh, since there are a lot of trees grown in the areas. Even though it’s not a non-smoking environment, you will rarely see some students smoking in hallways or crowded areas. But of course, it’s still not allowed to smoke in indoor areas 🙂
4. It’s easy to get around. You can experience the cuisines around Bukit Gambir (especially Plaza Ivory) or Sungai Dua (around Bali Bali). The food is really affordable (if you don’t want to call it cheap :p), and there are a lot of food to try too. USM is practically close to some of the places to visit in Penang. You just have to hop on a Rapid Penang to reach your destination 🙂
Those are the major reasons to enjoy studying in USM. I won’t say anything about the “study” part, cause I think every campus always strives to produce better students every year anyway. Coursework or exams won’t be a burden if you know how to manage your time. However, USM definitely provides the facilities you need to study or have some fun to relieve your stress from all the coursework 🙂